Zenophon B. Cook is interviewed by Edward Clark Smith June 28, 1987 as a part of the Western North Carolina Tomorrow Black Oral History Project. Born in 1900, Cook moved to Asheville in his teens to work at the Battery Park Hotel, then went to automotive school in Cincinnati, Ohio and became a chauffeur. He settled in Asheville in the mid-30s and got involved with the local NAACP. One of the first major goals they accomplished was getting a Black police officer hired on to the police force. Cook talks about picketing for equal employment, his feelings on segregation and desegregation, racial inequities, and the church.